Global mesothelioma deaths on the rise

5 Sep 2017 by under Research/Treatment

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 Global mesothelioma deaths on the riseDespite increased awareness of the health threats of and more stringent regulations restricting its use, yet another report confirms deaths are not falling as expected.

In March, as MyMeso previously reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report showing younger generations are continuing to be plagued by health issues linked to the known human carcinogen. A recent international study also supports that deaths from asbestos cancers are on the rise.

A team of scientists from Japan, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, the U.S. and the UK studied data on deaths from malignant mesothelioma, which can affect the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen and usually proves deadly within a year of diagnosis, from 230 countries from 1994 to 2014, according to Surviving Mesothelioma.

The countries were divided into categories based on those with reliable mesothelioma data, those with less reliable data and those with no data. From there, 59 countries were counted as having reliable data on mesothelioma deaths, and in those countries, 15,000 people died between 2011 and 2014 from malignant mesothelioma. Researchers then extrapolated those numbers and concluded 38,400 people die globally from mesothelioma each year. “The global numbers and rates of mesothelioma deaths have increased over time,” concludes the study’s primary author. “Our rates are within the range of previously reported values but higher than the most recently reported values.”

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were once used in a variety of construction and manufacturing processes. Though now it is now heavily regulated or banned in many countries, construction workers are now most likely to be exposed while working in old buildings that still contain the known carcinogen.


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